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Moving to Fort Collins, info. please.....

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I am considering a move to Fort Collins, CO. I have family there and would like to be near them. Can you give me any information about Fort Collins, such as, do they have a hospital? What is the average pay for a new grad RN? Do you suggest a better place to work? Do you have a suggestion for apartment rentals? Do you like the community? And so on...... Anything you think will be useful for me to know, please share. :o)

Thank you!! :p

Hello!

I think you would definately like the Fort Collins area. I just moved back after 6 years in Arizona. Mild seasons, educated community, outdoor and fitness oriented. It is a popular place so traffic is picking up. Poudre Valley Hospital and the new Medical Center of the Rockies (same affiliation) are located in Ft. Collins and Loveland. Northern Colorado Medical Center (Banner) is in nearby Greeley and McKee Medical Center (Banner) is located in Loveland. Starting pay for a new grad RN is $24. Surprisingly its difficult to get in the door but well worth the effort! Poudre Valley is a magnet hospital.

Hope this helps!

Roger

I have lived in Fort Collins all my life. I just moved to Colorado Springs becasue I was not able to get a new grad position. I suggest looking into Poudre Valley. They are a magnet hospital. I did all my clinicals there and loved it. Was sad not to stay. Cost of living is very high there. Very nice community, good schools, close to the mountains. Can't tell you the base pay for new grads. I guess i am just repeating what the guy before me said, but...... I love Poudre Valley, it is a great hospital. Hope this helps. :nurse:

I am considering a move to Fort Collins, CO. I have family there and would like to be near them. Can you give me any information about Fort Collins, such as, do they have a hospital? What is the average pay for a new grad RN? Do you suggest a better place to work? Do you have a suggestion for apartment rentals? Do you like the community? And so on...... Anything you think will be useful for me to know, please share. :o)

Thank you!! :p

Hi! Are you in Fort Collin? I am moving to Fort Collin because of my husband's job this fall. Can you share your experience and information about the hospitals there? Thanks

hope3456, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Psych, M/S.

Just a warning, it can be difficult to get hired with PVHS ( both hospitals) . I don't know how much experience you have but it is very competitive for new grads, especially. As a former employee, I know they would get several applicants (even experienced RN's) for each posted position. Northern CO isn't much affected by the 'nursing shortage.'

~Mi Vida Loca~RN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Dept. Trauma. Pediatrics. Has 6 years experience.

Hi! Are you in Fort Collin? I am moving to Fort Collin because of my husband's job this fall. Can you share your experience and information about the hospitals there? Thanks

I love Ft. Collins, I moved here in Summer of 06 and after living all over the country it's my favorite place so far. I start the nursing program at Front Range Community College in August. Can not say enough good things about FoCo especially if you have kids!

hope3456, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Psych, M/S.

Yeah I agree - Fort Collins is a awesome place to live. PVH is also a great hospital to work at. For these reasons, nurses 'flock' to this area and northern CO which creates alot of competition. That is why it is so hard to get a job with PVH or Banner hospitals. The last time I checked PVH was only hiring new grad RN's who had a preexisting contract with them for employment.

~Mi Vida Loca~RN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Dept. Trauma. Pediatrics. Has 6 years experience.

Hmmmmm that is not what the PVH HR lady told me about a month ago, but she did say first priorities go to 24 students a semester contracted out between the 3 schools they contract with. My school is one of them. She didn't say though that they aren't hiring any other outside new grads. Obviously not sure though, She also said they have many positions for RN's with Previous Exp.

hope3456, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Psych, M/S.

The student specifically has to have a contract with pvh and it is even competitive to get the contract.....in which you agree to work for them for 2 years in exchange for tuition reimbursement. The Banner hospitals do the same thing. Even if you attend FRCC and do not have a contract with them, it will be difficult to get hired with them.

I got my first BS from CSU in FC in 2006 and I had mixed feelings about it. I don't think it's close to the mountains at all, but I grew up in a town surrounded by 14ers, so maybe I just don't consider the foothills "mountains". Also, it is growing fast. Traffic can suck and I could not believe how much growth there was when I vistited 2 years later. It's insane. I have heard great things about the hospitals though. For rentals, just be careful you don't end up with a ton of loud college students. Hope that helps a bit! Good luck.

~Mi Vida Loca~RN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Dept. Trauma. Pediatrics. Has 6 years experience.

The student specifically has to have a contract with pvh and it is even competitive to get the contract.....in which you agree to work for them for 2 years in exchange for tuition reimbursement. The Banner hospitals do the same thing. Even if you attend FRCC and do not have a contract with them, it will be difficult to get hired with them.

Well this is not what the HR lady told me that I spoke to about a month ago at all. I assumed she knew what she was talking about, but maybe I was wrong in assuming. The whole reason I contacted her was to find out what is the best thing for a NS to do to help up their chances of getting hired on at PVH. That is when she gave me specifics and none of which is what you mentioned.

Banner put a freeze on tuition reimbursement according to a couple of friends I have that work there. They had to put their schooling on hold because of it. They weren't going for nursing though it was another field so I am not sure if it only effected them.

~Mi Vida Loca~RN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Dept. Trauma. Pediatrics. Has 6 years experience.

I got my first BS from CSU in FC in 2006 and I had mixed feelings about it. I don't think it's close to the mountains at all, but I grew up in a town surrounded by 14ers, so maybe I just don't consider the foothills "mountains". Also, it is growing fast. Traffic can suck and I could not believe how much growth there was when I vistited 2 years later. It's insane. I have heard great things about the hospitals though. For rentals, just be careful you don't end up with a ton of loud college students. Hope that helps a bit! Good luck.

I am lucky, I live on the quiet end of town. I am not a fan of crowds so I avoid Oldtown when I can for the very reason you spoke of. I have to take one of my sons to dance lessons over on that side twice a week and I hate driving over there. Especially now with the nice weather, it's like no one has heard of a cross walk and all these kids kept darting out in the road to cross. Man I was getting so annoyed.

I will stay on the other end of town in my quiet happy area HAHA

hope3456, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Psych, M/S.

Well this is not what the HR lady told me that I spoke to about a month ago at all. I assumed she knew what she was talking about, but maybe I was wrong in assuming. The whole reason I contacted her was to find out what is the best thing for a NS to do to help up their chances of getting hired on at PVH. That is when she gave me specifics and none of which is what you mentioned.

Banner put a freeze on tuition reimbursement according to a couple of friends I have that work there. They had to put their schooling on hold because of it. They weren't going for nursing though it was another field so I am not sure if it only effected them.

What I described was what was going on with new graduate hiring up to 1 year ago when I was working as a RN for PVH.

Maybe things have (or are) changing, but if you look at the PVH online 'job board' you would have seen that there is a 'contract new grad RN' (it isn't there presently) in which you can only apply with them if you have a 'contract.' Right now they are hiring for a new grad ER nurse w\o contract but i assure you they will get around 100 applicants. Maybe they have eliminated the 'contract positions.' Don't know, don't care, don't work/live there anymore.

A friend of mine who started the FRCC program last year said that on the first day of class they were warned that not many new graduates were getting hired with PVH, which is what my experience was in working there.

~Mi Vida Loca~RN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Dept. Trauma. Pediatrics. Has 6 years experience.

Well I can only go off the information HR gave me recently.

According to her, they have about 4 new grad ER positions open up a year and they have about 24 new grad positions each semester that are reserved with their contracts with 3 nursing schools, FRCC is one of them.

She also said right now their are not many, but that when you see the new grad jobs listed on the web site that those are open to everyone.

I am merely passing along the most recent information I have received to those interested as I do live here currently, and go to school here and plan on working at PVH. I am not to worried about getting a job there. I don't graduate for 2 more years.

Edited by ~Mi Vida Loca~RN

Hey, Just thought I would chime in here. I moved here a year ago as a new grad from NC. I did get an interview for the ED, but did not get the job. Four months later they had another opening for new grads "without a contract" on the spine/neuro floor, but they were interviewing experienced nurses as well as new grads. My interview lasted over an hour with 4 scenario questions at the end. I did get a very nice rejection letter. In the end I went back to NC and worked as a new grad at the hospital that I did my clinicals. Last January I got an offer at the county jail, so I was able to move back to Fort Collins. At the jail I work with 4 other new grads that were unable to get local hospital jobs. One of the new grads actually worked for years as a CNA at Poudre, but did not apply for the contract,so did not get hired. If you have a year of acute care experience, there are jobs for you here.

hope3456, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Psych, M/S.

That is really sad about the CNA who they wouldn't hire.....experience and dedication should count for something. PVH did seem really big on giving those contracts to people with previous bachelors degrees. I was somewhat surprised when I worked there by how many RN's (and CNA's) there did have other BS degrees but then turned to nsg school apparently b/c they couldn't get jobs with those degrees.

I do hope things get easier for new grads to get that 1 year acute care experience like you describe.....from reading other posts (on allnurses) it sounds like it is difficult all over CO and in many other states right now.

Edited by hope3456

Update on PVH student contracts:

I recently spoke with FRCC and UNC (the local nursing schools) and they both said that this is the last year that PVH will be having contracts with new grad students. The 'contracts' were actually scholarships that some students received in exchange for working with the hospital for a designated time after graduation. UNC said that PVH has a ton of newer nurses with ADNs and they want to train them up to BSNs before taking on more ADN new grads. PVH's website still shows that they have local contracts with schools, but I imagine that info will be coming down soon.

JenniferSews

Specializes in Professional Development Specialist.

Funny how things change in a year, isn't it? Or even a semester. :(

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